Karl Dorrell officially pushed Jim Svoboda off the cliff yesterday. Here is Dohn's brief report on how the Thinker is in the market again looking for his fourth offensive coordinator in his fifth season. Dohn mentions former OC Tom Cable's interest in returning (after he abruptly bailed on the team and recruits last season) to Westwood. He also talks about possibilities (which we have brought up before) about Dorrell taking over the offense:
"That's something I've thought about heavily since the bowl game," Dorrell said. "That's part of the consideration, but I'm also looking at some outside candidates as well."
"We'll see about that," Dorrell said. "I'm always looking for doing what's necessary for us to be competitive on offense."
Meanwhile, Dorrell himself, with no conference titles, no BCS Bowls, 29-21 in four years, loves to talk about how we're building, going in the right direction. It's a long, slow process, this building--much more tedious than it was at USC, or Oklahoma, Ohio State, Georgia, Cal, et al. So we must be very, very patient with Dorrell as this goes on. But Dorrell shows no patience whatsoever with his assistants, whose careers and reputations are of course damaged when they are fired by him. If Dorrell's boss Guerrero was half as cold-blooded and self-interested as he is, he would have been fired after his second year--a new direction needed, you know. He would certainly have been fired after this last season--thanks for everything, Karl; but we really do need to go off on that new direction now. But no, he gets to stay, while relentlessly scapegoating anyone he can; until the year when he finally has that perfect concatenation of veteran players, easier schedule, short-term coordinators with ability; and he can have his one really good season. At which time, Dorrell, like many a company executive before him, will leave for a better job, having done what was personally necessary for him to look good, never mind the cost to others. In the Darwinian world of big-time football, that wouldn't be so awful--if only Dorrell were susceptible to the same rules that he chooses to apply to others.
Whatever. At this point I have become somewhat numb to existence of Dorrell. I have penciled him in as a lost cause. As an alum my expectation for this football program based on the talent and experience (20 returning starters) in our roster and the easy schedule we have set up for next season is nothing short of a Pac-10 championship. Do I think Dorrell is going to deliver? Based on his track record during last years I don't see how he can do it.
So I am going to put myself in a win/win mind-set for now. I do believe if Dorrell doesn't win the Pac-10 next season, the pressure on Dan Guerrero is going to be overwhelming to fire KD (we all have done a great job of ratcheting up the pressure during last 2-3 years and if keep it up it will reach a boiling point through next season). On the other hand if by chance miracle happens and Dorrell wins the Pac-10, as Bruin Blue alluded above, I think he is going to jump to the NFL route. I really think Dorrell is going to get out of Westwood if he has one successful season. I don't think he wants to be in Westwood. If he did his name wouldn't constantly show up in coaching candidate list just by accident. So if he finally delivers on the expectations he himself established when he was introduced to the LA media (which was to win the Pac-10 and beat Southern Cal) he will leave Westwood. And if he doesn't then DG will have to fire him.
We will get back to enjoying Ben Ball. It's lot more fun to root for a program which has a competent and inspiring leader, who understands what those magical four letters in blue and gold means to the Bruins Nation. No credibility issue there.